MID WEEK MOTO –’s Weekly Moto Wrap

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Welcome to MID WEEK MOTO's weekly look into all aspects in the world of dirt bike racing.

From the weekends racing results, to the more interesting and unusual happenings from the week gone by including some of the rumours and findings on social networks, we will take a look and anything and everything dirt bike related.

Daniel Milner increased his lead in the AORC outright and E1 championships with a dominating displace in S.A - Credit: Fourohfour
MILNER TAKES CONTROL OF AORC: : Daniel Milner is fast becoming the new king of Off-Road racing in Australia. After winning the Australian four day Enduro in 2012, he started the 2013 Australian Off-Road Championship with some consistent results, cleaning up in the E1 class and running a solid third place to the KTM's of Toby Price and Chris Hollis at the opening few rounds.

He then gave the new CDR Yamaha Off-Road team, their first outright win at the first Victorian rounds of the year, then backed it up in South Australia last weekend, not only winning both days outright, but winning nearly every single test over the two days.

While most riders will be heading to Hattah this weekend, Milner will skip the big desert race and focus solely on retaining his A4DE championship, which gets under way the following week in Hervey, Western Australia.

A DIFFERENT WORLD: Something that was very noticeable at the weekends round of the AORC in South Australia, was just how diverse the range of bikes that were being ridden.

The usual suspects in Yamaha, KTM and even Suzuki had a big pit presence along with Husqvarna. After these four manufactures the most noticeable bikes out and about came from, Husaberg and Sherco, then throw in a little TM, Venetti, Honda and Kawasaki and there was a fair range of manufactures represented in the Off-Road world. Also a big mixture of two and four stroke machines.

GUESS WHO'S BACK, BACK AGAIN: Josh Cachia has confirmed he will be back with the Carlton Dry Honda MX team for 2014. It is not to much of a surprise, he seems to be enjoying his team and has been super-fast aboard the Honda CRF250R this year.

With Cachia most likely to be 100% fit heading in to next season, we can already mark him down as the MX2 favourite a good nine months out before the season starts!
Cachia is one of the first big name MX riders to secure his ride for 2014 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
MIXED RESUTLS FOR KTM IN QLD: The Queensland Motocross Championships proved to be a bitter sweet event for the Motorex KTM Racing team, with Kirk Gibbs dominating both the Pro Open and Lites classes, walking away with two titles.

However for Todd Waters, the event ended early for Waters with a crash leaving him requiring surgery. There is no word just yet if he will be ready for Appin next weekend. We are wishing him all the best and hopefully the number 47 will be on the gate for round six of the 2013 MX Nationals.

GREEN IS READY TO GO: Kawasaki Australia released their 2014 KXF Motocross range on to the Australian market this week. IT signals the start of the 2014 machines to start hitting dealerships around the country and will also most likely mean that we see a few of the teams on new bikes when the Supercross season fires up in late September.

Though with SX starting so soon after the MX season, we might have to wait for round three at Mount Gambier for some teams to make the move on to their new bikes.

Darcy Ward celebrates his maiden World Speedway GP win
DARCY DOMINATES: Darcy Ward broke through for his maiden World Speedway GP win at the Danish GP on the weekend.

It was a remarkable performance by Ward, who made his return to racing at the Danish GP after being injured at round three of the championship earlier this year. To top off a great weekend for Australia, current world champion, Chris Holder made it a 1-2 for the Aussies finishing second.

This result bodes well for the Australian World Cup Speedway team who kick off their campaign for world glory next week.

METTY: Brett Metcalfe made his return to the American Motocross Championship with some great results at Southwick last weekend.

The South Australian finished with 5-6 moto results for 4th overall on a privateer Kawasaki with the support of fellow Aussie Dave Anthony. The result, combined with his strong results in Canada will hopefully be enough to gain some interest from some of the big American teams and with a bit of luck we will see him return full time to the U.S race scene in 2014.

CAIROLI MAKES IT 60: Antonio Cairoli raced to his 60th career GP win in Sweden last weekend. That is a lot of rounds wins! The win further increased his championship points lead as he puts himself in line for yet another world MX1 championships.

HERLINGS LOSES!: The unthinkable happened, Jeffrey Herlings lost another moto, however he was able to keep his unbeaten overall GP winning streak in tact.

Monster Energy Yamaha's Christophe Charlier, raced to the win in moto one in Sweden, while Herlings picked his way through the field after some early crashes. Herlings as always bounced back in moto two, winning the race, with this team mate Jordi Tixier helping secure the overall by finishing second in the Moto. Aussie Dean Ferris had another solid round finishing sixth overall.
It looks as though there is no stopping Antonio Cairoli from securing another world championship in 2013 - Credit: Ray Archer
AMERICAN MX CHAMPIONSHIP TIGHTENING UP OUT FRONT: The fight at the top of both the 450 and 250 classes in the American motocross championship closed up at Southwick. Ryan Dungey was able to squeez a few points back on 450 championship leader, Ryan Villopoto, while Eli Tomac closed the gap slightly to Ken Roczen in the 250 class.

Another rider to watch out for in the 250 class is 2012 champion, Blake Baggett, another solid points haul at Southwick saw him move from 4th to 3rd in the championship, leap frogging Marvin Musquin.

SOUTHWICK GONE: The race at Southwick on the weekend looks as though it was the last time the venue will be used for an American Motocross Championship round for the foreseeable future.

The Land owners "The American Legion" have increased the lease price substantial from what we have been able to find out, with the current promoters who lease the land to run not only the Southwick national, but also the track in general for other race events and practice days, choosing not to renew their contract, leaving no promoter to run the event.

Even if a new promoter was to be found, there is no guarantee that MX sports, who run the American Motorcross championship would grant the new promoter the spot on the calendar.


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Well that is a wrap for Week 26 of the 2013 Race Season. This weekend will see Australia's best Desert racers, Off-Road Racers and even some top Motocross racers head to Mildura in Victoria for the 2013 Hattah Desert race, while our internationals stars will be in actoin at both the World Motocross Championship, as well as at round seven of the American Motocross Championship.

Make sure you catch our "DIRTY WEEKEND AHEAD" weekly feature on Friday to find out what racing is on this weekend!, then head back Monday for our Monday Motoboard.

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